Projects/Space missions of the department "Planets and Comets"

Projects/Space missions of the department "Planets and Comets"

BepiColombo is a joint mission to planet Mercury between the European Space Agency ESA and the japanese counterpart JAXA. Launched on 19 October 2018 it will arrive at Mercury at the end of 2025. [more]
Cassini/Huygens was a joint project between NASA, ESA and the italian space agency ASI to study the Saturnian system between June 2004 and September 2017. Titan was one of science targets of the mission. [more]
Cluster is an ESA project and consists of 4 identical spacecraft to study the dynamics of the Earth's magnetosphere at distances between 4 and 19 Earth radii. [more]

The Curiosity Rover is a NASA Flagship mission to the planet Mars built and operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The rover successfully landed inside Gale crater on Mars in August 2012.

Dawn was NASA's mission to the asteroid belt. In 2011 the spacecraft reached the asteroid Vesta and accompanied it for more than a year. Dawn reached its second destination (dwarf planet Ceres) in 2015 where the mission ended in November 2018. [more]
Europlanet 2020 is a new Research Infrastructure to address key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area. [more]
The Exomars mission consists of an Mars-Orbiter, a descent module and a Mars-Rover. After arrival at Mars the descent module and rover will be separated from the orbiter. The rover will land on the surface. [more]
Insight is a NASA-Discovery-Mission to Mars launched in May 2018 and delivered a lander on the surface in November 2018 equipped with instrumentation to study the interior. [more]
The ESA-Mission JUICE shall explore the Jovian system. To be launched in 2022 the spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2030. JUICE will for the very first time ever in history enter in an orbit around an outer planet's moon. [more]
Mars Express is Europe's ESA Mission to Mars launched in 2003 and still operating. The scientific payload is capable of searching for water on the planet. [more]
The goal of the program of the German Research Foundation DFG "Planetary Magnetism", or PlanetMag, is to study the interaction between the solar wind and planetary magnetic fields as well as the diversity of the magnetic fields itself. [more]
Rosetta was ESA's mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta consisted of an orbiter and a lander called Philae. Rosetta reached the comet in 2014. In November 2014, Philae successfully landed on the comet's surface.


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